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Jays ready to spend big, chase Darvish

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08:15 AM ET 10.07 | When offered the chance to back off a statement that Toronto could spend $120 million on payroll, Paul Beeston did not. "I don't know when we're going to do it. It could be this year. It could be next year. It's going to be when it's the right deal that's going to put us over the top." ... There's one special free agent out there this year in 25-year-old Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish. Late in the summer, it was reported that Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and his right-hand man, Tony LaCava, were in attendance at one of the right-hander's key starts for the Nippon Ham. If Rogers ownership was not aware of Darvish before that, it certainly is now, and there's a real possibility of the Jays being in the thick of whatever happens with Darvish.

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October 7, 2011  08:17 AM ET

Too Much Money On Your Hands, Bros?

October 7, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Toronto needs to save their money.

October 7, 2011  08:23 AM ET

I think the Blue Jays are better off taking the Rays' approach to competing inthe East. You can't go out and try to out-spend the Yanks and BoSox. You need a strong front office and a smart manager. I think they already saw what happens when you wantonly throw money at players (e.g. Vernon Wells).

October 7, 2011  08:24 AM ET

Quick, hide the checkbook from Theo.

October 7, 2011  08:25 AM ET

It all starts with your scouts. Draft the right players (pitchers) and bring them along. That's where you need to spend the money. Are you listening Cashman!

October 7, 2011  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It all starts with your scouts. Draft the right players (pitchers) and bring them along. That's where you need to spend the money. Are you listening Cashman!

Don't blame Cashman, blame your ownership.

October 7, 2011  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think the Blue Jays are better off taking the Rays' approach to competing inthe East. You can't go out and try to out-spend the Yanks and BoSox. You need a strong front office and a smart manager. I think they already saw what happens when you wantonly throw money at players (e.g. Vernon Wells).

And thats what the Jays are doing. Under Alex Anthopolous they've increased spending on scouts and international free agents ten fold. They've acquired more draft picks than any other team via compensation picks, heck they even bought a draft pick from Colorado last year! They've also signed more international free agents over the last two years than any other team.

Now, the Jays have the best farm system in baseball according to most experts and scouts. And the system is just so deep.

However, unlike the Rays, the Jays have the money to retain players, and add some from outside the organization when they are ready to compete, which may be as soon as next season.

Also, the Jays have the best GM in baseball.

October 7, 2011  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And thats what the Jays are doing.

Indeed. But I think going after a guy like this is straying from that model. Japanese pitchers, especially of late, have not had a great long-term track record in the Majors. They'd be better off spending that money elsewhere.

October 7, 2011  09:52 AM ET

Dice-K

October 7, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dice-K

Exactly.

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October 7, 2011  11:51 AM ET

I don't think Darvish is Dice-K ... different approach, different physical make-up, clearly a different temperament. It'd be great for baseball for someone other than the Yankees/BSox/Phillies to nab a potentiall good player.

October 7, 2011  12:06 PM ET

sources close to the action, who wish not to be named, think the rangers have the iniside track due to their recent roster addition of Uehara. He and and tatayama are to personally lobby and convince the next great thing to don cowboy boots and cowboy hat, and begin his mlb play in texas...yee haw!

October 7, 2011  12:42 PM ET

A whiling Darvish...
<kicks self>

October 7, 2011  12:47 PM ET

does the jays had ever sign a japanise player? if so who was and in what year do they did signed??

October 7, 2011  12:51 PM ET

the blue jays should focus in their minor system development, to grow your farm system should be top priority!!!

October 7, 2011  12:55 PM ET

the royals brought up that comment, pitching will be something that they will be focusing untill the have being acomplished their goals that franchise will stop moving forward!!

October 7, 2011  01:01 PM ET

the angels would need to focus in pitching, pitching, pitching, and more pitching!!!

 
October 7, 2011  01:07 PM ET

farrell will continue to make strides with this club so long as the ownership supports him with $

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